The small-ball-happy Nets experimented with going big for the first two games of this season, but when push came to shove, they went with what they knew. And it worked.
Head coach Steve Nash started Nic Claxton and Blake Griffin together in the frontcourt in Friday’s 114-109 win over the 76ers, moving Kevin Durant to small forward and deploying usual small forward Joe Harris in the backcourt alongside James Harden.
It’s the same big lineup they used in the season-opening loss at defending champion Milwaukee. And Friday, after the Nets trailed 108-98 with 5:32 left, Nash brought in Jevon Carter to pair with Patty Mills in an undersized, but pesky, backcourt. The coach moved Durant back to power forward and let LaMarcus Aldridge cook in the midrange.